Stepping up to a big test

Stepping up to a big test

Martinborough volunteer firefighter Emily Abbot, 20, is taking on a lot of stairs to raise money for blood cancer. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz By day, 20-year-old Emily Abbot is a receptionist at Martinborough Health Centre. But...

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Councillors rally to  back mayor

Councillors rally to back mayor

Viv Napier. PHOTO/FILE HAYLEY GASTMEIER hayley.gastmeier@age .co.nz South Wairarapa councillors have moved to publicly rally around the district’s mayor. Wednesday’s South Wairarapa District Council meeting was the first time the council had met after the withdrawal...

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$20m could ‘cure’ region’s rental crisis

$20m could ‘cure’ region’s rental crisis

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES The number of Wairarapa families forced to live in cold and overcrowded conditions this winter is still not being accurately reflected in official figures, some of the region’s key players are saying. The latest figures from the Ministry of Social...

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Rebuilding the marae community

Rebuilding the marae community

A papakainga social housing development is being built at Gladstone’s Hurunui-o-rangi marae. PHOTO/THOMAS CROSKERY THOMAS CROSKERY Social housing and marae redevelopment are going ahead hand-in-hand in rural Wairarapa. Helped by a Te Puni Kokiri grant, Ngati Kahungunu...

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Not your average daycare

Not your average daycare

Barbara Jackson commanding her Mini Mutt clients. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz Barbara Jackson was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired – so she quit her job and transformed her Featherston home into a doggy daycare centre. Three years...

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Aussie company snaps up Gladstone winery

Aussie company snaps up Gladstone winery

Cheers . . . Christine Kernohan is celebrating the sale of Gladstone Vineyard. PHOTO/FILE CAL ROBERTS cal.roberts@age.co.nz Australian food television personality and award-winning winemaker Eddie McDougall has taken a shine to Wairarapa wine, purchasing a vineyard he...

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Show us the money

Show us the money

PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES Countdown to Budget 2018 Time for Govt to make good on regional promises WE SAY Seamus Boyer Today is D-Day. At 2pm, Finance Minister Grant Robertson will deliver his first Budget – the first Labour-led Budget for a decade. While there’s a budget...

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Sugrue surges to dominant win

Sugrue surges to dominant win

Brent Sugrue, right, has been in great form in recent months. PHOTO/FILE JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Three fighters from The Fortitude Gym in Masterton made their presence felt at the Capital Punishment 42 muay Thai event in Porirua on Saturday. Novice Jacob...

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Rammed-earth home takes shape

Rammed-earth home takes shape

An aerial view of the couple’s section. PHOTO/SUPPLIED EMILY IRELAND emily.ireland@age.co.nz Sometimes simpler is better. And that was the appeal of building a rammed earth home for Carterton couple Erin Betteridge and Timo Jaegle. The couple, who own a section of...

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Celebrating the joy of reading

Celebrating the joy of reading

Children’s author Joy Crowley with the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy during her investiture at Government House in Wellington on Monday. PHOTO/NZME Celebrated children’s author, Joy Cowley, has received the highest honour in the country. The Featherston resident...

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Eketahuna says cheese

Eketahuna says cheese

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival in the Eketahuna Community Centre. BECKIE WILSON beckie.wilson@age.co.nz It was a day of cheese in Eketahuna on Monday – talking cheese, smelling cheese, and, of course, eating cheese at the Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival. The...

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Yogi’s back

Yogi’s back

Yogi has been reunited with his owner. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER Reunited with owner after dog-napping ELISA VORSTER elisa.vorster@age.co.nz After a stressful seven days of separation, Anne-Maree Lynch has been reunited with her stolen dog, Yogi. Ms Lynch had only been...

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Putting best bare feet forward

Putting best bare feet forward

Sarah Linton in action at Christmas. PHOTO/ROSS LINTON JAKE BELESKI jake.beleski@age.co.nz Water skiing at 72km/h might be a scary thought for some, and even more so without the most important piece of equipment – the skis. Sarah Linton will be representing Wairarapa...

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Kuranui pair take on Globe

Kuranui pair take on Globe

Tommy Laybourn performing at Kuranui College last year. PHOTO/FILE Teacher and student will come together to represent Wairarapa on the world stage at the Globe Theatre in London in July. Kuranui College’s teacher in charge of performing arts Juanita McLellan will...

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